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Hunger Paperback – 1 Nov 2003
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About the Author
Knut Hamsun, born in Norway in 1859, was a novelist, poet, and dramatist who received the Nobel Prize in 1920. Many believe the modern novel was born with the 1890 publication of Hamsun's masterwork HUNGER. Some of the world's most celebrated authors, including Ernest Hemingway and Franz Kafka, have cited Hamsun as a major influence. He passed away in 1952 at age 92. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
For the nameless young writer, clothes falling apart, existing precariously on the brink of starving to death, evicted from his room when rental payments lapsed, not knowing where his next mouthful of food will come from, pawning the vest off his back (but making rash, extravagant handouts as soon as he comes into any money), each day represents a vast desert of dead and empty time in which he wanders, lost, blown about the streets of the city like a paper in the wind, dogged by unremitting hunger - with brief periods of respite when his starvation is temporarily quelled with what little money he makes flogging the odd article to a local newspaper. In his drastically weakened state, on the verge of physical collapse, unable to eat without throwing up, only able to write in patches, the young writer begins to lose his reason, his irrational state of mind marked by wild impulses and violent mood swings as he slips into paranoia and despair.Read more ›
Hamsun in general, and 'Hunger' in particular, has a huge reputation in Europe, and both are virtually unknown in this country. The reason is because of Hamsun's later history, in that he became an ardent Nazi, a supporter of the Quisling government, and, worse, unregenerate after Hitler was defeated. The only reason he was not put on trial was because of his extreme age (85+).
'Hunger', written 50 years prior to this, shows no sign at all of proto-fascist sympathies,and in the almost unanimous (6 out of 7) view of my club was an authentic masterpiece of world literature. It conjures echoes of other literature, especially Russian, and in particular Gogal and Dostoevsky haunt its pages. What makes it unique, though, is its stream-of-consciousness writing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First of all, I must say I appreciated Peter Scott-Presland's review, which offers a preferred translation (the latest one, not the one relating to this cover), and also explains... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Woolco
The writing is captivating and rich, with a rhythm that makes it difficult to let go although the story is heartbreaking and thoroughly depressive (and depressing). Read morePublished on 27 May 2014 by Blerina Vila
Bought for a book group review. It's practically new and arrived in good time but I'm afraid I'm not enjoying it particularly. Not sure I'll finish it!Published on 25 Nov. 2013 by Kindle Customer
Don't miss the opportunity to read this book, the first one written by Knut Hamsun and probably his best one. Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2013 by Katerina
I saw Knut Hamsun's book on list of 100 books to read and liked the synopsis. While the book is a very good study of one man's slide into wretchedness it left me a little... Read morePublished on 22 April 2013 by Mr N D Willis
After reading the other reviews posted here I thought this would be an excellent read, but when it arrived I found it took a lot of effort to read (I'm presuming) because of the... Read morePublished on 19 July 2010 by Biscuitz
the novel is excellent, but this translation is rubbish. get the other version with the bench on the cover. Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2010 by washington_irving
"Hunger" is breakthrough prose as Knut travels with aimless self debasement of mind, directing his journey within his body whilst traversing with feet the thoroughfares of... Read morePublished on 9 April 2010 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles